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Hi I'm Janice

I have lived in Utah my whole life. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, administrative assistant, and candy maker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work full-time as an administrative assistant at a community college. My happiest moments are spending time with my family. I have 5 children and 11 grandchildren and we have dinner together every Sunday for all who can come. I am known for my English toffee at Christmas-time and was once threatened (jokingly) with legal action if I ever stopped sharing it. I like making treats and also make really good soups--broccoli cheese was my mother's favorite. I enjoy reading, doing handwork such as crocheting and counted cross-stitch, and working in my flower beds. Every mother's fear is the death of a child. My third son lost a valiant fight with brain cancer several years ago leaving a wonderful wife and two little boys. I miss him every day. But even in the midst of the heartache, I was touched and humbled by the wonderful service given by family members and neighbors. I am grateful for the knowledge that we will live again after this life and that our family will be together for eternity. Wanting to see my son again gives me added motivation to live as obediently and righteously as I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in the Church by loving parents who were a great example to me. I have been involved in Church activities all my life and have gained my own testimony through experience, studying, praying, and living the gospel principles. One of my earliest memories is of saying my prayers and being so overcome with a feeling of love that all I could do was cry. When my mother asked what was wrong, I just said, "It's so beautiful, it's just so beautiful." In spite of challenging times, most of my life I have felt enveloped in Heavenly Father's love. I love attending church on Sunday. One friend explained that our spirit is like a balloon--during the week, the challenges of everyday life leave us feeling deflated; as we gather together to worship on Sunday, our spirit is inflated again with the joy and peace of learning the gospel and feeling the spirit; that is what get's us through the coming week. Reading from the Book of Mormon also brings peace to my soul. I feel Heavenly Father's love and spirit through this great book and have a testimony that it is true, a book of scripture along side the Bible to give us an understanding of God's plan for us. There could not be a greater example than our Savior, Jesus Christ. I want to become more like Him and so I strive to live the best I can. The peace and joy I feel in my heart when I worship and serve are worth more than any earthly possession.

How I live my faith

My testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and the truthfulness of His restored gospel is my greatest possession. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fills my life with wonderful associations and opportunities to serve and the blessing of feeling God's love for me. Heavenly Father loves every single one of His children and the Church has programs to watch over all members. Children attend Primary and learn about God and Jesus Christ and build friendships with those in their classes. Girls 12-18 belong to Young Women and have leaders who love them and serve them and teach them important values so they can live their life with joy and not regret. Boys and men 12 and up belong to priesthood quorums, a brotherhood of service, love, studying the gospel, and following the example of Christ. Every family has home teachers who visit them each month and watch over them to see their needs are taken care of. Women 18 and up belong to the Relief Society, the largest women's organization in the world. We meet together on Sundays to study the scriptures and share insights and understanding of how they can be applied in our lives. Every sister has visiting teachers who provide loving watch care and at least monthly visits. I love being a visiting teacher! I am currently serving in Relief Society and feel Heavenly Father's love for each of His daughters. I want to wrap my arms around each one and let them know how much He loves them. I realize how important it is to continually feed my testimony so I don't lose it. I read in the scriptures every morning before I begin my day's activities. The spiritual boost I gain helps me to cope with the day's challenges and to be kinder and more patient with those around me. I also love reading the monthly Ensign magazine.